How To Make Yourself Fart? 9 Effective Ways To Consider In 2024

Esther Seun, BSN
Dr. Maya Frankfurt, PhD
While farting is a natural process, some people find it difficult to pass trapped air. Read more to learn how to make yourself fart.
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Yoga can help release excess air in your gut. Photo: Ba Le Ho

You might be wondering, “Would anyone need help farting?” I mean, we are mostly concerned with keeping our farts in to avoid embarrassment, especially in public. Also, it isn’t polite to pollute the air around people. So, what’s so special about learning how to make yourself fart on command?

Farting is a natural process, and you generally  do not need any help with it. However, gas sometimes gets trapped, leading to bloating and abdominal discomfort. At such times, your body might require help passing out gas.

Certain positions, activities, and dietary tips can help release built-up gas. In this article, we outline several ways on how to make yourself fart to relieve gas, bloating, and abdominal pain.

How To Make Yourself Fart?

Have you been itching to know how to make yourself fart to relieve gas fast? The following are proven ways to do so:

  • Do some yoga poses.
  • Eat fiber-rich foods. 
  • Eat whole grains.
  • Drink carbonated beverages.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Lie on your side.
  • Squats.
  • Try the air-swallow farting method.
  • Try the anal inhale farting method.

How To Make Yourself Fart?

Have you been itching to know how to make yourself fart to relieve gas fast? The following are proven ways to do so:

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Do Some Yoga Poses

Yoga poses, also called asanas, can help you pass gas easily and relieve abdominal pain, especially if you’re of older age.[1] An average person can perform yoga asanas alone. Examples of yoga poses that make you relieve intestinal gas include the following:

Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)

Lie on your back with your knees bent and heels facing up. Grab your feet and hoist them towards your armpits. Then, gently rock side to side.

Wind Relieving Pose (Pavanamuktasana)

Similar to the happy baby pose, it helps relax your abdomen, buttocks, hips, and thighs. To do this pose, lie on your back with your arms and legs extended. Bend your knees and bring them towards your chest. Wrap your arms around your knees, tuck your chin into your chest, and hold this pose for 20 seconds at a time. You may also do the pose by flexing one leg at a time.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

The child’s pose relaxes your lower back, hips, and legs. Start by getting into a kneeling position. With your knees bent and hip-width apart, bend forward and rest with your hands extended in front of you such that your torso rests on your thighs and your forehead is on the floor. Move backward gently and allow your belly to move into your legs. Apply gentle pressure while doing this. Hold this pose for 30 seconds or more, and repeat.

Eat Fiber-Rich Food

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Eat fiber-rich foods to make yourself fart more. Photo: Tatjana Baibakova/Shutterstock

Fiber is a type of carb that your body cannot digest. Instead, it is food for the bacteria in your digestive system. These bacteria feed on fiber for energy and produce gas as a byproduct. 

Wondering how to get rid of bloating? Increase your fiber intake. These foods increase gas production and make you fart a lot. Examples include legumes (beans, peas, and lentils), cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and certain fruits, including apples, peaches, apricots, bananas, pears, and raisins. Others, such as chia seeds, aid digestion and prevent constipation.

Eat Whole Grains

Whole grains are also fiber-rich, so consuming them in high amounts can make you gassy and bloated. These grains contain a protein called gluten. Gluten intolerance or sensitivity can increase gas production and bloating[2] as well. Whole grain foods include wheat, oats, and rye.

Drink Carbonated Beverages

Consuming carbonated beverages such as soda and beer can make you fart. These drinks contain carbon dioxide, polyols,[3] and artificial sweeteners that result in excess gas. For beer, the fermentation process used to produce it increases its gas content. So technically, the more you consume them, the more you fart.

Go For A Walk

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Go for a walk to relieve trapped air. Photo: Gorgev/Shutterstock

If you want to learn how to make yourself fart to relieve gas pain, try walking.[4] When you walk, you move your body and legs and push gas from the intestines into the rectum. The resultant effect is the release of trapped gas. 

Walking also stimulates gastrointestinal motility. This means that walking helps increase how your intestinal muscles work and move, hence, pushing farts out.

Lie On Your Side

Lying on your side with your knees bent towards your chest helps relieve any trapped gas in your intestines. In a study,[5] the left lateral position was assumed best for passing flatus and relieving bloating.

With the several twists and turns of your small and large intestines, food, poop, and air can easily get trapped. Hence, lying on your side uses gravity to unwind some twists and push the gas out. You can lay on one side for 15 minutes and switch to the other. 

Squat

Squatting as an exercise can help in passing gas. When you squat, you move your knees towards your chest which applies pressure on the stomach and intestines and pushes out the air. Squatting also helps relax your large intestine to its natural position.

When squatting, you can stabilize yourself by holding on to something like a wall or ledge. You may also use a block under your butt for support.

Try The Air-Swallow Farting Method 

Wondering how to make yourself fart more? The air-swallow method is the easiest and most socially acceptable farting method. To try it, follow the following steps:

  • Sit upright on a comfortable surface.
  • Fill only your mouth with air, not your lungs.
  • Swallow the air.
  • Repeat until you feel the trapped gas pass down in your intestine and get expelled.

Try The Anal Inhale Farting Method

The anal inhale method is another simple way to release fart. It involves sucking in air through your butthole and slowly letting it out. Here’s how to do it:

  • Lie down on a flat surface. 
  • Pull your legs towards your head.
  • Relax your rectum and let air seep in slowly.
  • Continue till you feel bloated and a butt bomb bubbles up.
  • Then, let the air out.

When To Seek Medical Attention

It is normal to have gas and be bloated once in a while. However, if trapped air interrupts your daily life and becomes uncontrollable and/or painful, please modify your diet and dietary habits. If you see no changes, see your doctor.   

Conclusion

Farting is a normal bodily function. While it is socially unacceptable to fart in some places, it is healthy to pass gas at the right time rather than keep it in. If you have difficulty farting, you can perform yoga, consume high-fiber foods, or drink carbonated drinks to release excess air, relieve gas pains, and reduce bloating.

Finally, are you wondering how to clean out your bowels quickly? Click on the link for tips.

Frequently Asked Questions

What side do you lay on to pass gas?

Lying on your left side[6] helps in passing gas. Gravity can help move food, poop, and air through the digestive tract and release gas. 

How long does trapped gas last?

Gas can stay trapped for a few hours. If the discomfort or pain during that period is unbearable, see your doctor.

Is trapped gas very painful?

Trapped wind is often associated with discomfort and pain and pain. Knowing how to get rid of stomach gas instantly can help prevent pain associated with bloating.

Why can’t I pass gas?

Trapped gas has several causes. It could be due to excessive intake of certain foods like dairy products and carbonated beverages, chewing gum, food intolerance, sensitivity to certain foods, or gastrointestinal disorders. Learning how to eat less and exercise can help prevent and relieve trapped air.

Resources

  1. H.R. Shree Ganesh, Pailoor Subramanya, Raghavendra Rao M and Vivek Udupa (2021). Role of yoga therapy in improving digestive health and quality of sleep in an elderly population: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, [online] 27, pp.692–697. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbmt.2021.04.012.
  2. Di Stefano M, E.V. Pesatori, Giulia Francesca Manfredi, Mara De Amici, G.F. De Grandi, Gabriele, A., Iozzi, D. and Giuseppe Di Fede (2018). Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity in patients with severe abdominal pain and bloating: The accuracy of ALCAT 5. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN, [online] 28, pp.127–131. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clnesp.2018.08.017.
  3. Lenhart, A. and Chey, W.D. (2017). A Systematic Review of the Effects of Polyols on Gastrointestinal Health and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Advances in Nutrition, [online] 8(4), pp.587–596. doi:https://doi.org/10.3945/an.117.015560.
  4. Hosseini-Asl, M.K., Taherifard, E. and Mousavi, M.R. (2021). The effect of a short-term physical activity after meals on gastrointestinal symptoms in individuals with functional abdominal bloating: a randomized clinical trial. Gastroenterology and hepatology from bed to bench, [online] 14(1), pp.59–66. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8035544/.
  5. Devitt, J., Shellman, L., Gardner, K. and Nichols, L. (2011). Using Positioning After a Colonoscopy for Patient Comfort Management. Gastroenterology Nursing, [online] 34(2), pp.93–100. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/sga.0b013e31820f9ac3.
  6. ‌Devitt, J., Shellman, L., Gardner, K. and Nichols, L. (2011). Using Positioning After a Colonoscopy for Patient Comfort Management. Gastroenterology Nursing, [online] 34(2), pp.93–100. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/sga.0b013e31820f9ac3.

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